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Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Peter Murphy (Livermore) - 08-24-2012

At little or no expense I have acquired three HP-12Cs and one each of HP-17B and -17BII. I plan to give them to some mathematically bright 14-year-olds who show some inclination towards financial mathematics.

I was given a 14C some time ago, but have made limited use of its TMV features. I am not particularly interested in exploring the TMV features of the other two calculators.

Leaving RPN aside, how would you rank those three calculators against one another for the purpose described?

Edited: 24 Aug 2012, 2:29 a.m.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Matt Agajanian - 08-24-2012

14C?? Even HP hasn't heard of that one.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Peter Murphy (Livermore) - 08-24-2012

Edited to reflect 12C. Not that that helps, apparently: zero responses to my question so far.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Paulo MO - 08-24-2012

Hi, Peter

If it is capability you care for, the ranking is easy: 17BII (algebraic and RPN), 17B (algebraic only), 12C (RPN only, but has an algebraic/RPN version - the Platinum). If we allow more subjective tastes to enter into the equation (e.g. menus vs direct key operation only, or stylish vs plain), then the position of the 12C becomes non-determinable, as the free market keeps showing us.

The 17B solver is great, and the 12C should have it.

Best
Paulo


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Mark Scheuern - 08-24-2012

A recent discussion of the 17BII vs. the 12C here.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Don Shepherd - 08-24-2012

Peter, you should ask yourself, "what would a mathematically bright 14-year-old do with a 12c, 17b, or 17bii?" My guess: sell it and use the money to buy an iPhone with a financial app. A 14-year-old is still a 14-year-old.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Peter Murphy (Livermore) - 08-24-2012

That's a possible response, and perhaps the best. I'll find out.


Re: Ranking HP 17BII, HP 17B, HP 12C against one another? - Peter Murphy (Livermore) - 08-24-2012

Mark, thanks for the link to that discussion, which is just what I was hoping for -- in arrears.

Peter